Celtis africana

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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 10m x 9m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

An attractive deciduous tree which is widespread on the Highveld. It has a smooth pale-grey trunk and light green leaves. It bears tiny, light yellow flowers which are followed by small roundish fruits which are favoured by birds. It got its common name (stinkwood) because the wood has an unpleasant smell when freshly cut.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The fruits are eaten by numerous birds including starlings, barbets, pigeons, weavers and bulbuls.
Larvae of the Cat’s Paw Emperor moth, Blue-spotted Charaxes and African Snout butterflies feed on the leaves.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Moderate

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, formal, grassland, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A superb shade tree for large gardens. It is also a favourite bonsai tree
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